TKC 168 Jon Cog

News – 1) Amazon announces a brand new format for Kindle titles, named Kindle Format 8 or KF8. Chris Casey of eBook Architects and the eBook Ninjas Podcast in an interview today (starts at 2:10) explains what the new format will do and why it’s important. 2) Looking for ways to pay for a new Gen 4 Kindle or just some new Kindle titles? You might try gathering your spare change and heading to a nearby Coinstar machine. Or trading in your old Kindle at Amazon.  Even better, you can donate your old Kindle to E-Books for Troops! 3) Andrei Pushkin takes a very close look at the screens of a Kindle 3 and a new $79 Kindle and declares them very similar “to the point of being identical.” 4) The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) grills Amazon on privacy aspects of the Amazon Silk browser that will come with the Kindle Fire.  The venerable Internet watchdog’s verdict: “We are generally satisfied with the privacy design of Silk, and happy that the end user has control over whether to use cloud acceleration.”

Tech Tip – I take the new Personal Documents capabilities of the Kindle for a test drive.

Interview (Starts at 16:32) – Jon Cog, editor of the highly original and informative Me and My Kindle Blog, joined me by Skype for a conversation on Tuesday, October 18. We discussed Amazon’s plans for the cloud, Personal Documents, scary Kindle games and more. Link discussed: GigaOM on privacy concerns.

ContentThis month’s list of 100 Kindle books for $3.99 or lower includes a tempting title from Winston Churchill’s six-volume history of World War II, but reviews suggest it was not the Kindle Store’s finest hour in terms of formatting. A better bet might be Tough as Nails: One Woman’s Journey Through West Point by Gail O’Sullivan Dwyer.

Other Links Mentioned: Molly Wood of CNET on the Fire’s hottest feature. Amazon for a limited time is offering the first episode of “Prohibition,” the new Ken Burns documentary, as a free Prime Instant Video. Highly recommended.

No TKC Hangout Next Week: Darlene and I will be on the road most of the week, driving from Boston to Denver. So the next Google Plus hangout will probably be Wednesday, November 2nd. Stay tuned to next week’s episode for details.

Next Week’s Guest: David Blum, editor of Amazon’s Kindle Singles.

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Comments 4

  1. Mike Gordon wrote:

    Now that Amazon is offering trade-in credit for older Kindles, they will probably be flush with used Kindle 2’s, and due to their age, only need to keep a very few, if any, for in-warranty replacements. Since they’re still offering the Kindle 3, they’ll probably want to refurbish those trade-ins and stock them for in-warranty replacements or sell them as refurbs. Perhaps you could approach Amazon and see if they would be willing to donate the Kindle 2’s (and possibly some Kindle 3’s) to Ebooks for Troops.

    Potential benefits for Amazon would be:
    1. A tax write-off for the units, although at the current trade-in prices, this would be minor.

    2. Avoiding e-waste disposal fees.

    3. Good public relations: You’ll talk about it on the podcast, and they can advertise it on the trade-in marketing.

    4. Exposing soldiers to the Kindle environment, generating potential sales when they get home or tell their families and friends back here about their experience with the Kindle.

    The way I figure it, any potential downsides for Amazon would be minimal, and outweighed by the upsides. Here’s the only ones I could think of:

    1. Overhead of collecting and shipping the units to you. Admittedly, this should be a pretty minor expense for Amazon, considering the millions of orders they ship each month.

    2. Cost of delivery difference (aka the carrier’s cut) when these units buy books via 3g vs WiFi, particularly overseas. Of course, this is offset by the profit from these units still being out there buying books.

    3. Cannibalizing current sales, but since very few deployed soldiers are in a position (income, delivery issues, etc) to buy a Kindle themselves, this risk is minimal.

    Posted 25 Oct 2011 at 11:19 am
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Mike, thanks for this thoughtful suggestion. I’ll discuss it with Ken Clark at our next EB4T meeting.

    Posted 25 Oct 2011 at 11:30 am
  3. Mike Gordon wrote:

    We’ve heard talk of the Kindle being bought by Apple fans as a sort of IPad accessory. This will probably be even more true now the $80 basic model, as it has shed a few of the features that are duplicated to various degrees on the IPad (MP3 player, speech synthesis / voiceover, keyboard / onscreen keyboard).

    Kind of as a flip to that, I think the Kindle Fire is going to be a great accessory for E-Ink Kindle fans. I often use the web browser in my rooted Nook Color to browse through books in the Kindle store. I also occasionally use the Kindle Android app to pull up tables and figures that I my need to reference while I continue to read the text of the same book on my Kindle 2. This type of use case could be even more compelling with personal documents and the Kindle Fire.

    Posted 25 Oct 2011 at 1:01 pm
  4. Tom Lichty wrote:

    I agree with Mike. My Fire will probably be used as an accessory, not just for my Kindle 3, but for whatever comes up. I doubt I’ll do any long-term reading on it. In fact, I don’t really know what I’ll use it for. That’s the adventure.

    Happy travels, Len!

    Posted 29 Oct 2011 at 6:49 pm